Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews, “I’m Alive”

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August 20, 2009

kennychesneydavematthewsApparently, Kenny Chesney really believes in his new single, “I’m Alive.” Not only is it one of the new songs on his Greatest Hits collection, it can also be found on his previous album, Lucky Old Sun. Furthermore, it was already recorded by Willie Nelson for Moment of Forever, the album that Chesney co-produced with Buddy Cannon.

Co-written by Chesney and sung with Dave Matthews, “I’m Alive” is a laid back acoustic affair that simply celebrates being alive. The song’s title may suggest that this will be another one of Chesney’s party anthems, but it is, instead, another one of his efforts to be reflective while seeming complicated. At least, this time, the lyrics are poetic enough to be interesting, if not still putting on the air of moodiness that Chesney likes to exude: “It’d be easy to add up all the pain and/All the dreams you sat and watched go up in flames/Dwell on the wreckage as it smolders in the rain/But not me/I’m alive.”

Much like Chesney’s prior duet with Mack McAnally, “I’m Alive” is very easy on the ears, with its acoustic coffee shop vibe, but still lacks a good enough delivery for a true connection to be made, both by Chesney or the famed Dave Matthews, in this case. While Matthews performance is a bit more engaging than Chesney’s, the two singers still manage to sound both so lethargic that this song may work as good background filler for a dinner party, but not as a memorable tune in everyday life. The instrumentation is less cluttered on Kenny Chesney’s version of the song than Willie Nelson’s, but Nelson at least sounds like he means what he’s singing, instead of sounding as though he’s trying to convince himself of it.

Grade: B-

Written by Kenny Chesney, Dean Dillon and Mark Tamburino

Listen: Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews, “I’m Alive”


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  1. gailNo Gravatar says:

    If I had my druthers…Kenny Chesney would not be singing on this at all. At least when Dave comes in the song has a little life about it because he has a unique voice! Chesney does nothing for this little boring tune! And he keeps on winning entertainer every year. He gets rewarded for throwing big drunkfest. He needs to take that break he keeps saying he’s going to be taking. Not soon enough for me!

  2. MichaelNo Gravatar says:

    I find this single to be pretty dull but definitely more interesting than “Down the Road”. Kenny’s been pretty boring lately.

  3. TomNo Gravatar says:

    definitely not a tune for early morning radio shows and all-night radio.

  4. Mike JNo Gravatar says:

    I would have to agree with the assessment above – Kenny seems to kind of skate through this one, more so than some of his other “reflective” songs, like “Better as a Memory” or “I Might Get Over You.” I do like the Dave Matthews verse, his voice sounds as good as ever on this one.

  5. Indiana KJNo Gravatar says:

    Where do I start? I like many of your songs, but——- Kenny get some sleeves. You might make the teen girls like you but at some point you should grow up. Do you think Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings had personal trainers, tighty tanks and look at me pants suits?? Be the kind of country musician that George Strait and Alan Jackson would hang out with and respect.

  6. Dangerous DanNo Gravatar says:

    Get over your snooty selves, all of you. This is a good song, well delivered……Sheesh…what a bunch of smug@#%^^&……

  7. StaciNo Gravatar says:

    I love, love, love this song and think some of you are way too critical and picky. It’s just a great song, period. I guess y’alls’ expectations have been set too high. Just enjoy the dang song.

  8. TomNo Gravatar says:

    is @#%^^&….. properly pronounced by stressing the first syllable or the last?

  9. TomNo Gravatar says:

    when invitations like “enjoy” come across as an imperative – i tend to answer: no thanks, staci.

  10. CinNo Gravatar says:

    I like Kenny, but I have to say the best part to listen to is sung by Dave Matthews. I’d like to hear Dave sing the whole song by himself!

  11. K-manNo Gravatar says:

    There’s something about the vibe of this song that seems familiar to me. I don’t know where I feel like I’ve heard it before.

    Anyway, the mood of this song is truly strange. I can’t really explain how it makes me feel. I don’t really like it, but it intrigues me so much that I can’t help but like it a little bit. I’m probably not even making sense.

  12. sandyNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t get enough of the song. It is true DMB style, kind of odd and low key. Just the song for sitting around in the evening with a glass of wine.

  13. Becky SieversNo Gravatar says:

    I used this song at my dads funeral, it is so touching and fitting. Really if you think about it, it is the first day of the rest of his life. This is my new favorite song. Stop being such haters!!! Life is too short!!

  14. hillaryNo Gravatar says:

    I love this song!

  15. Julie AcklesNo Gravatar says:

    This is a beautiful song!!!! Great message and wonderful guitar acoustics. It has such a positive message.

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